Tearing Out That Old Carpeting To Refinish The Hardwood? Tips For Prepping The Floors

Posted on: 2 September 2017

Have you finally decided to rip out the old carpeting in your home an refinish the beautiful hardwood underneath? If so, there's a fair amount of prep work that must be done prior to the refinishing process. While you can pay a professional to do it for you, doing the job yourself is easy and can save you quite a bit of money. These tips will help you prepare the floors:

Know How to Dispose of the Carpet

Ripping out the carpeting will be the first step to prepare your floors. However, you shouldn't jump into the situation without the knowledge of how to do it.

Are you planning to dispose of the carpeting yourself with your city's local trash service? Look up what kind of restrictions there are on carpeting disposal. You may discover that carpeting must be cut into rolls that are no longer than a specified length, and then taped shut so that they do not unroll. There may also be limits on how much carpeting you can dispose over per week.

You can always rent a dumpster if you have a lot of carpeting, but the role and tape technique should still be used. It will take up the least amount of space in a dumpster, which helps you get by on renting a small dumpster or not needing to replace the dumpster in the middle of the project with an empty one,

Remove Sharp Objects and Glue from the Floor

Various parts of the carpet will have been stapled to the floor to keep it in place. You must remove all of these staples when prepping your hardwood flooring for refinishing. The sanding equipment can be torn up by a nail or staple that was missed and slightly raised out of the floor.

Pay extra attention to the stairs that had carpeting on them. Sometimes people go overboard with securing carpet to stairs so that the carpet wraps around the steps tightly. You may find yourself with pliers spending a good chunk of time pulling every single staple out from the wood. Be prepared for the stairs to be the most time-consuming part of prep because of this.

Glue may be harder to see on a floor, but it is just as important to remove. Thankfully, it is easy to do using a commercial glue removing product that will dissolve the glue and make it easy to wipe away.

Contact a company like Costen Floors Inc for more information and assistance.